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  • Russian saber-rattling has Eastern Europe craving NATO protection

     Russian saber-rattling has Eastern Europe craving NATO protection
    Red lines haven't been kind to President Obama. When he warned Syria's Bashar Assad against using chemical weapons, Assad used them anyway. When he warned Russia against seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin went ahead and annexed the place. But there was...
  • Chicago export goods rise 11% last year, putting region 6th in U.S.

    Chicago export goods rise 11% last year, putting region 6th in U.S.
    Metro Chicago saw a 10.7 percent rise in the value of goods exported last year, to $44.9 billion, inching up one slot to place No. 6 nationwide, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report released Tuesday. The top five metros areas: Houston, New...
  • Chicago manufacturing 'punching below its weight,' report says

    Chicago manufacturing 'punching below its weight,' report says
    Metro Chicago lags behind many counterparts nationwide in the recovery of its manufacturing sector as well as the exports it fuels, a serious deficit as the city reaches for a bigger share of global economic activity. While the 14-county tri-state...
  • America's still ready to lead

    America's still ready to lead
    It's a reality of our age that this nation is not free to tune out the world's problems and just focus on matters inside our borders. There are destabilizing forces of all kinds out there. Many are a legacy of 9/11. Others stem from the Cold War's end...
  • Obama has bipartisan support against Islamic State, still faces doubts

    Obama has bipartisan support against Islamic State, still faces doubts
    President Obama and his advisors appear to have convinced Americans that the Islamic State militants wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria are a threat to the U.S. This week he'll try to prove he's capable of taking them on. In laying out a plan to use U.S....
  • In Ukraine, 'strength needs to meet strength'

    In Ukraine, 'strength needs to meet strength'
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Wednesday that Russia has withdrawn the bulk of its forces from Ukrainian territory. A shaky cease-fire appears to be holding. You might think, given Europe's extreme reluctance to anger its Russian trading...
  • 5 talking points by Ivo Daalder

    5 talking points by Ivo Daalder
    On Monday, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will release its 2014 Survey of American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy. Ivo Daalder, president of the council, served as U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013. Daalder met Thursday with the...
  • How does Chicago stack up?

    How does Chicago stack up?
    Not long ago, Torsten Gessner, a top executive at a German manufacturing giant, had to decide where to locate the company's new North American headquarters. Consultants offered up a short list with some obvious candidates: San Francisco and Boston because...
  • Chicagoan nominated as ambassador to Canada

    Chicagoan nominated as ambassador to Canada
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated a key fundraiser, Chicagoan Bruce Heyman, to be the U.S. ambassador to Canada. Heyman works for Goldman Sachs as managing director of private wealth management, a post he’s held since...
  • Syria's Assad: Still the wrong choice

     Syria's Assad: Still the wrong choice
    The war in Syria, and the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia it in part represents, again reared its ugly head in Beirut on Dec. 27 and Jan. 2. First came the car bomb that killed moderate Lebanese politician Mohamad Chatah and six others. Many...
  • Perspective: Saving Chicago

    Perspective: Saving Chicago
    More than 30 years ago, I wrote a series for the Tribune, called "City on the Brink," on Chicago's descent into Rust Belt torpor. It chronicled a litany of loss — of industries, stores, people, jobs and taxes — that seemingly doomed Chicago to...